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The Washington Post: How D.C. and its teachers, with shifting plans and demands, failed to reopen schools

January 2, 2021
As DCPS and unions representing teachers, principals and other school staff have struggled to develop comprehensive plans to ensure the safe return of District students to classrooms for in-person learning, CLC Executive Director Judith Sandalow spoke with Perry Stein of The Washington Post to share concerns we've heard from DC parents about the lack of public information and input on these back-to-school plans.

Washington Business Journal: One of D.C.'s most important agencies for businesses will soon be broken up. Big questions remain about the process.

December 16, 2020
For years, Children's Law Center and other housing advocates have called on the D.C. Council to pass the Department of Buildings Establishment Act and create a tenant-focused agency that would meaningfully enforce housing code violations where the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA) has consistently failed.

Street Sense Media: Anti-discrimination law to protect people experiencing homelessness dies in Council, again

December 16, 2020
Through our work serving many DC families experiencing housing instability, we know that people experiencing homelessness in the District too often face discrimination from social services, medical services and more. Yet the Michael A. Stoops Anti-Discrimination Amendment Act stalled in the DC Council for the second time.

Pro Bono Partners Williams & Connolly Helps DC Families Secure Homes for Future Holidays

October 22, 2020
In December 2018, residents across the District were preparing for the holidays and enjoying the comfort of their warm homes. At that same time, a fire broke out in a Brightwood Park apartment complex, leaving six families without a place to call home.

The 74 Million: 4 D.C. Families Faced Homelessness, Language Barriers & Limited Special Education Services During Spring’s Virtual Learning. They’re Waiting — and Hoping — for a Smoother Fall

September 13, 2020
Like many DC parents, our client Ms. Eury has mixed feelings about virtual learning this fall, especially as the mother of 10-year-old twins with autism and asthma. Taylor Swaak of The 74 Million reports that a lack of devices and unfulfilled IEPs for students with disabilities remain serious challenges -- including for Ms. Eury's family.

With Schools Still Closed, Parents Say Children With Disabilities Are Falling Further Behind

September 8, 2020
As students return to school, many children with special needs will be left behind by virtual learning. Children's Law Center Executive Director Judith Sandalow spoke with WAMU's Kavitha Cardoza about the importance for schools to prioritize special education students so they don't miss critical developmental milestones.

Cherishing the Many Grandparents Shaping Children’s Futures

September 6, 2020
“Raising my grandsons brings so much joy to my life,” says Mr. Waters, one of the many grandparent caregivers Children’s Law Center works with every day.

Jump Ropes, Books and Robots

September 1, 2020
Thanks to the generosity of our Children Can’t Wait Fund campaign co-chairs Diana and Stephen Goldberg, we distributed summer activity kits and devices to more than 350 DC children. The activity kits, compiled in partnership with DC-based Child’s Play Toys & Books, were individually curated to match the ages and interests of each child. Kits containing everything from books, arts and crafts, and science experiments to jump ropes and robotic toys ensured that children could continue to learn – and have fun! – even in the absence of summer camps and daycares.

DC Bar Foundation Post: What Legal Aid Means for "Back to School" in Crisis

August 27, 2020
In a “typical” school year, too many DC children and families shoulder the combined burden of racism, poverty, and trauma. They face challenges ranging from lack of access to quality education, unsafe transportation, over-disciplining, food insecurity, and instabilities in housing. But this is no typical school year, and children living in poverty are bearing the brunt of ongoing public health crisis.